WEST BUGWE FOREST WALK FOR NATURE ON THURSDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2014
TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS, CONSERVATION AGENCIES, POLICY MAKERS, CORPORATES, MEMBERS OF UGANDA WILDLIFE SOCIETY, AND DEAR ALL;
Uganda Wildlife Society in collaboration with the National Forest Authority, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities and, the Local Governments of Busia, Bugiri, Tororo, Mayuge and Namayingo Districts and, with support from the Ecosystems Alliance, invite you to contribute and participate in the West Bugwe Forest walk for nature.
The walk is intended to raise awareness about ongoing deforestation of west West Bugwe Forest reserve and, mobilize stakeholders’ synergies for restoration.
The West Bugwe Forest walk for nature is scheduled for Thursday 27th November 2014 and will be convened in the forest located along Jinja –Tororo highway, in Busia district.
Mass transport means is being organised for participants from Kampala to Busia and back.
You will need to contribute Uganda shillings sixty thousand for individual participation (to cover fuel, refreshment and UWS membership). Interested corporate institutions are invited to donate towards the cause and will be awarded certificate of conservation support for the purpose. All individual participants will be receiving UWS membership benefits for one year.
Policy Dialogue; Conservation Status and Tourism Potential of Uganda’s Protected Areas, on 16th September 2014 at Makerere University School of Forestry, Environment and Geographical Sciences Conference Room
Towards her Vision, Wildlife and Humans Living in Harmony and, within her mandate of promoting sustainable natural resource use and management through policy, advocacy, research, and community initiatives, UWS in collaboration with Makerere University School of Forestry, Environment and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS), National Forestry Authority (NFA), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) is convening a policy dialogue on 16th September 2014 from, 1:30 Pm to 5.00 Pm at Makerere University School of Forestry, Environment and Geographical Sciences Conference Room. The dialogue theme is Conservation Status and Tourism Potential of Uganda’s Protected Areas. We will have three technical presenters tackling different protected areas as follows;
Mr. Gilbert Kadilo (Public Relations Officer, NFA)
Conservation status and tourism potential of Uganda’s protected areas, West Bugwe (Busitema) and Budongo Forest Reserves on focus.
Dr. Andrew Seguya (Executive Director, UWA)
Conservation status and tourism potential of Uganda’s protected areas, Mt Elgon Conservation Area and Bugungu Wildlife Reserve on focus.
Ms. Audrey K. Namara (UWS Intern, SFEG)
Conservation status and tourism potential of Uganda’s protected areas, Kinawataka Wetland on focus.
You are invited to participate and for your preparation please see detailed programme below.
UGANDA WILDLIFE SOCIETY POLICY DIALOGUE TO TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF FORESTRY, ENVIRONMENT AND GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES, STARTING AT 1.30 PM
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UWS PUBLIC DIALOGUE FOR JUNE 18TH 2014
Re: Invitation to be the Key Speak on UWS Public Policy Dialogue; Managing Human Wildlife Conflict in Uganda on the 18th of June 2014 from 1.00 PM at Gospel Assembly Church Ground – Plot 17-21 Airfield Road, Tororo Municipality, Tororo District In effort to build community and institutional capacity to manage human –wildlife conflict in Uganda and, influence policy and practice so as to improve governance and ensure Uganda’s Wildlife and Humans live in harmony, UWS, within her mandate of promoting sustainable natural resource use and management through conservation policy dialogues, research, and community initiatives, and, in collaboration with UWA Mt Elgon Conservation Area Management and Local Governments in the districts of Tororo, Busia, Namayingo, Mayuge and Bugiri is convening a dialogue on Wednesday 18th June 2014. The theme of our policy dialogue is Managing Wildlife- Human Conflicts in Uganda; where are we and where are we going. Dr. Adonia K. Bintoora, the Director Mt Elgon Conservation Area Management, UWA will be the key speaker of the day and thereafter the Society will introduce the new project being funded by Ecosystems Alliance on, problem animal management around protected areas in the East and the Albertine Rift of Uganda.
AGM Notice and Agenda 2014
Members, within provisions of the Uganda Wildlife Society Constitution, this is to notify you that the Uganda Wildlife Society Annual General Meeting (the 14th) will take place on Monday the 28th of April 2014 at Hotel Africana starting at 1.00 PM. The Executive Committee Report to AGM 2014 and the Society Audited Books of Account for 2013 are included in this communication for your preparation to participate in the AGM. As you may already be aware, the current executive committee’s term will be ending and therefore we will be electing members to the Society Executive Committee 2014-2016 at the AGM. Therefore, nomination form is included in this communication for your action.For those of you interested in becoming members of the executive committee and would like to present yourself for election, please take note of the following constitutional requirements:
1. A paid up member of the Society has to nominate you.
2. Two other paid up members of the Society have to second your nomination.
3. You the nominated person must endorse the nomination to show your willingness to serve the Society if elected.
4. You must also be up-to-date member – paid your membership subscription for 2014.
5. Dully signed nomination form should be submitted to the executive secretary at least fourteen days before the date of the Society annual general meeting.
All positions in the executive committee will be vacant and so you can be nominated or nominate someone for any position of your interest, from the 9 below;
Chairperson of the UWS Executive Committee
Vice Chairperson of the UWS Executive Committee
Treasure of the UWS Executive Committee
Members of the UWS Executive Committee (Six positions)I hope that each one of you is making necessary preparation, including paying your membership subscription, in order to attend and participate in the activities of our AGM on the 28th of April 2014. Agenda for the AGM is also included in this communication and the detailed programme for the day will be sent to you soon. I look forward to seeing you all.
Dr. Eldad Tukahirwa
Chairman,Uganda Wildlife Society
Conservation initiatives at UWS
Between February 2013 and April 2013, UWS supplied standard fishing gears to the fisher folk in 9 beach management units (BMUs) in Buliisa.The fisher folk and BMUs in turn signed an MOU to adhere to appropriate fishing practices and restore the fish breeding sites in the Lake Albert.
More on technology, to date, UWS has established six tree nurseries and in these, over 27,000 seedlings of five species are being raised. In collaboration with Buliisa District Local Government, UWS has planted trees in five hectares of privately owned land. The target for tree planting by end of this year is 750 hectares of privately owned land and by 830 households.
Policy influence, Advocacy and Networking at UWS
This year, the Society has so far conducted two public policy dialogues, one of these in collaboration with Environmental Alert and the Makerere University School of Forestry. On the 22nd of February 2013, UWS convened a Public Policy Dialogue at Hotel Africana. Dr. John Makombo, the Director of Conservation at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) was the key speaker.
The day’s theme was How Best Can Uganda’s Wildlife and, Communities Adjacent to Protected Areas Co-Exist in Harmony? Dr.Makombo gave an over view of protected areas /wildlife in Uganda, their contribution to economy and livelihoods, conservation challenges including human-wildlife conflicts and strategies UWA is using to address these and, partnerships involved.
Dr. Makombo’s presentation was followed by that of UWS given by Joel Buyinza, highlighting UWS research findings, experiences and park adjacent communities consultation. Joel mentioned that simple actions like allowing communities access resources like grass, firewood, poles, papyrus, fish and to plant trees and keep bees in the protected area buffer zones (Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Forest and Bugungu Wildlife Reserves) will go long way into providing incentives to elicit their support and participate in protected areas conservation. The Society has submitted to UWA and is following up on the signing and operationalisation of the above resources access MOUs Buliisa communities developed.
Discussing the presentations, the audience recommended UWA and UWS show how women and youth are benefiting from their interventions, not impose but engage communities in identifying initiatives to resolve issues hampering human-wildlife co-existence, UWA share with communities 20% of total revenue and not just get collections, resettle the Batwa displaced from Bwindi home of the gorilla tours and develop alternative revenue plan just in case tourism income dwindles and oil money is invested elsewhere and not in conservation.